TV Moments in History
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2012 - Olympic Ceremonies - From Danny Boyle’s Opening Ceremony through to Super Saturday and the Closing Ceremony, London 2012 showcased Britain to the world. To the home nation the BBC delivered almost 5,000 hours of coverage and other material; creating a full and comprehensive insight into the Games with both Clare Balding and Hamish Hamilton winning BAFTA Special Awards for their achievements in television, epitomized by London 2012.
2010 - Downton Abbey - The highly commended period-drama has won, and has been nominated for, multiple accolades since its initial broadcast in 2010, including two BAFTA Television Craft Awards within the same year. In 2011, it was recognised as the most critically acclaimed television series of that year, and, by the third series, it had become one of the most widely watched series in the world.
2010 - Sherlock - In 2010, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss co-created a contemporary revisualisation of the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories with critical acclaim, enduring positive reviews. Compromising of modern adaptations and interpretations of tales such as ‘A Study in Scarlet’, through to ‘The Final Problem’, the two series have received recognition from the BAFTA Television Awards, including Best Drama Series in 2011, and Moffat being given the 2012 Special Award.
1963/2005 - Doctor Who - From its debut in 1963, through to its revitalisation in 2005, Doctor Who has been established as one of Britain’s finest television programmes, having received a BAFTA award for Best Television Drama in 2006. The long-running science fiction show has become a staple of British popular culture, not only receiving recognition for its duration, but also as the most successful series of all time.
1998 - The Royle Family - With multiple BAFTA nominations and wins under their belt, The Royle Family are known for their 16mm film usage and their single camera production style, enabling editor Tony Cranstoun to receive a Television Craft award in 2000 for his work on the sitcom.
1995 - Father Ted - Set on the fictional Craggy Island, the trials and tribulations of Father Ted Crilly and fellow priests entertained us for over three years with 25 episodes spread across three series. The show received three BAFTA Television awards with a total of five nominations.
1986 - Casualty - Now the longest-running emergency medical drama in the world, Casualty has won three BAFTA awards and been nominated a further nine times. With spin-off sister show Holby City broadcasting since 1999, the show has been a staple on our weekend evening screens for twenty-seven years.
1981 - Only Fools and Horses - With six BAFTA Television Award wins and a further 12 nominations, Only Fools and Horses has marked its territory as one of the most popular British comedy series of all time. David Jason was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship in 2003.
1975 - Fawlty Towers - Co-created, co-written by and starring John Cleese, Fawlty Towers was named the best British television series of all time in a list drawn up by the British Film Institute and voted for by industry professionals in 2000. The sitcom, which comprised twelve episodes across two series, has won three BAFTA Television awards with a further two nominations.
1974 - Porridge - Considered one of Britain’s greatest sitcoms, Porridge was best known for Ronnie Barker’s light entertainment performances, for which the comedian won a BAFTA Television Award for his talents in 1978, having won and been previously nominated for his work alongside Ronnie Corbett.
1969 - The Morecambe and Wise Show - The comic double act initially starred on Two of A Kind before stapling their careers through The Morecambe and Wise Show over the course of fifteen years; their most successful endeavour. The duo during that time received multiple wins and nominations from BAFTA within the Light Entertainment categories.
1968 - Dad's Army - Running for nine series until 1977, the British sit com about the Home Guard during the Second World War regularly gained 18 million followers and is still repeated on television. Written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft (pictured), the pair won a BAFTA Special award for their work in comedy in 2008.
1967 - Wimbledon Broadcast - BBC2 broadcast live coverage from the Wimbledon Championships, becoming Europe’s first colour TV broadcaster, although still in an experimental stage. While Australian John Newcombe won the men's singles, Billie Jean King was named Champion of the women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles. On 2 December colour television was officially launched on BBC2.
1964 - Top of The Pops - Bringing live music to prime time television, the very first episode of Top of the Pops showcased the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield and the Hollies. For 42 years the show offered viewers a weekly cabaret of the nation's favourite tunes. At its peak in the 1990s, the show was aired in nearly 100 countries.
1955 - This Is Your Life - The infamous red book became iconic of the biographical programme which was originally broadcast live. With both celebrity and non-celebrity 'victims' surprised, the show was hosted by Eamonn Andrews, Michael Aspel and then Sir Trevor Mcdonald for a one-off special edition in 2007 where music mogul Simon Cowell was featured.
1957 - The Sky at Night - A monthly documentary programme focusing on astronomy, The Sky at Night was the longest-running show with the same presenter, amateur astronomer Patrick Moore, in television history from its inception to Moore’s death in December 2012.
1953 - The Quatermass Experiment - The serial broadcast was the first science-fiction production to be dedicated towards an adult television audience, and inspired much of the sci-fi television we know of today. The show acted as an influence for a number of films and television shows, such as Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Doctor Who.
2001 - Popstars - The early 2000s introduced a new concept of reality television with the launch of Popstars. First aired in January of 2001, the new format became a precursor to shows such as Pop Idol and Fame Academy, which lead to bigger and more highly-acclaimed contests such as The X Factor, and The Voice, respectively.
2000 - Big Brother - Who would have thought that when ten people went into a house filled with cameras in the summer of 2000, British television would be revolutionised by reality? We are still enjoying an age where shows including I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, The Only Way is Essex, Made in Chelsea and My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding dominate our television screens.
1994 - Vicar of Dibley - Created by one of Britain’s most established comedy writers, Richard Curtis, Vicar of Dibley, starring Dawn French, proved that it was amongst the most successful shows within the digital era of television between 2004 and 2007. With the show receiving multiple BAFTA television award nominations, Curtis received a BAFTA Fellowship for his creative work with his films and comedic creations, including the Vicar of Dibley.
1985 - Live Aid - With highlights including Queen’s act - voted the greatest live performance in the history of rock music - and David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ dedication to ‘all our children, and the children of the world’, the BBC’s European live feed of the Wembley concert reached roughly 24.5 million Britons and 1.9 billion viewers in 150 countries; the biggest television audience yet.
1981 - Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer - While 3,500 took their seats in St Paul’s Cathedral and 600,000 lined the streets, an estimated 750 million watched around the globe as the couple said their vows. In 2011 the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton was estimated to reach a global audience of up to 2 billion, although, in practical terms, this is hard to measure.
1979 - Life on Earth - Ground breaking in introducing nature from around the world to the nation’s living rooms, David Attenborough’s Life on Earth was the first series of what was to become a staple of the BBC’s natural history offerings. David Attenborough remains the only person to have won a BAFTA in black and white, colour, HD and 3D.
1972 - Newsround - Informing the nation’s youth of the latest global news and current affairs in early evening weekday slots and offering short bulletins throughout the day, Newsround also offers ‘specials’; insights for 6-16 year olds into topics including the 2012 Presidential election, life for British troops in Afghanistan and an exploration into life for children with dyslexia.